Nidhogg Clan DLC Added to Viking RTS “Northgard”

Shiro Games has released a new clan DLC pack for their popular Norse 4X game, Northgard.

The Nidhogg, Clan of the Dragon DLC adds the titular clan to the game for $4.99. The Nidhogg Clan makes heavy use of slaves as both cheap labor and sacrifices to gain boons from their god.

They recruit troops by turning ordinary civilians into powerful Dragonkin at a special alter. These Dragonkin specialize in taking on multiple foes at once. You can check out a trailer above.

Here’s a rundown of the new DLC:


Nidhogg, the Clan of the Dragon

The most alien of all clans, the Dragons follow ancient customs and embrace freakish traditions. They use sacrifice and slavery to further their goals, often earning the other clan’s distrust.

The clan starts with several bonuses:

  • Your civilians can go into neutral territory.
  • No Happiness or Production penalty for being wounded.
  • You start with a Sacrificial Pyre. You can build a Dragonkin Altar instead of other military buildings.
  • You start with 2 Thralls. You can buy thralls from your Longship Dock

Slavery, Sacrifices and Dragon Essence gauge
Slavery is an important part of the clan’s economy. Like the regular civilians, thralls can travel in neutral territory and fight.

Thralls do not count towards your population and do not require housing. Their maximum number is based on your current population number.
They consume less food than a Villager, and gather 50% less resources than a civilian.

There are 2 different ways of getting new thralls:

  • You can buy them from your longship dock. the price of each thrall will increase after each purchase.
  • After getting the Capture Lore, you’ll be able to enslave other faction’s people.

Thralls are a powerful economic and military asset but beware of their number! If by any chance your regular population falls under your Thrall population, they will rise against you!

The Sacrifices & the Dragon Essence Gauge

The Clan of the Dragon starts each game with an already built exclusive building: the Sacrificial Pyre. Through this building, you’ll be able to send every unit you have to be sacrificed to honor the gods and gain their favors.

Sacrificing a unit will earn you Dragon Essence that can be used to unlock various bonuses:

Dragonkin and their Altar

The Clan of the Dragon does not have access to the regular Military Building. The only military camp you’ll be able to build is the Dragonkin Altar. Each Altar increases your warband size by 1 (2 if upgraded).

Giving a Villager his Dragonkin form is a non-reversible process and will consume 50 Krowns (+10 per new Dragonkin) and 1 Dragon Essence.
Dragonkins are ferocious military units, far more powerful than warriors.

The Dragon’s Lore Tree

The Clan of the Dragon has 5 new Lore:

  • Hard Labor
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • Capture
  • Slave Trade
  • Draconic Frenzy

Northgard is available on Windows PC and Mac via Steam and the Humble Store for $29.99. The Steam version is currently half-off as part of a Midweek Madness sale.

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